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ERIC Number: EJ828639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2014
Rationales in Children's Causal Learning from Others' Actions
Sobel, David M.; Sommerville, Jessica A.
Cognitive Development, v24 n1 p70-79 Jan-Mar 2009
Shown commensurate actions and information by an adult, preschoolers' causal learning was influenced by the pedagogical context in which these actions occurred. Four-year-olds who were provided with a reason for an experimenter's action relevant to learning causal structure showed more accurate causal learning than children exposed to the same action and data accompanied by an inappropriate rationale or accompanied by no explanatory information. These results suggest that children's accurate causal learning is influenced by contextual factors that specify the instructional value of others' actions. (Contains 3 figures and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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